Family Fun Day 2019
At the end of June, the Friends” held the Family Fun Festival on the South Lawn. Grandparents, parents, staff and children turned the corner of the mansion house to be greeted by Mega Blaster World’s biggest and best arena, chicken sumo suits, surfboard riding, gladiator jousting, assault courses and bouncy castles galore. The adults had a comfortable viewing area, in the shade of the trees, sipping Pimms and enjoying wood-fired pizza, home made salads and burgers, rounded off with ice cream, candy floss and sweets galore. Many thanks to the swing band who entertained us brilliantly and for the enthusiasm of the gymnasts in the hot weather. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the children. A special thank you to all the parents who volunteered on the day, without whom it would not be possible to host this event.
John Preston is our beekeeper and gives the children (Year 4 upwards) an opportunity to spend time at the Apiary and learn about beekeeping. Mr Preston took his bees to Reception, as part of their minibeasts topic, where the children were able to examine the beehive, listen to the noise the bees make and smell the honey. His bees are very productive – Holmewood House Honey and candles were incredibly popular at the school Christmas Fair!
Easter Trail March
The children ended Spring Term with fun and giggles, searching for prizes on the Easter Trail throughout our beautiful grounds.
Best Dresses Egg Competition
Each child was given an egg to decorate in the most creative way they wished for Easter and was judged by our Head Boy and Head Girl.
Best Dressed Bauble Competition, December
Christmas Fayre, December
Christmas Fair, December 2017 Possibly our biggest and best yet, this year’s Christmas Fair saw the arrival of the Snowman Express train, stalls set up and staffed by Year 8 children, with Year 5, 6 and 7 children running all the games in a professional and enthusiastic way. We had all the old favourites – Santa’s Grotto, The Secrets Room, Café and the Chocolate Tombola generously supplied and staffed by parent volunteers, as well as a fanastic number of local external suppliers selling their wares. It was a true demonstration of our community coming together to deliver an incredibly fun family day.
Fireworks Night, November
Yet another spectacular display was laid on by Pyrovision to the delight of children and adults alike. The children had the most amazing fun running around with glow swords, batons and other toys; they filled themselves with sweets, whilst parents and staff enjoyed hot food from the BBQ and drinks from the bar, all staffed by parent volunteers.
Pre-Prep Summer Party
This end of year celebration for the whole of Pre-Prep took on the theme of a beach party. The children had a great time dressing up as if they were going to the beach. They played games, including water bombs and finished with an amazing street party lunch laid on by our catering team. The children had a truly wonderful day, made possible by the help of staff and parent volunteers, who ran the games and served the children at lunch.
The May Ball was a wonderful evening, in a beautifully decorated marquee on the South Lawns. Parents and staff who attended, enjoyed wonderful food, drinks and entertainment … and managed to raise a significant amount of money, all of which will be spent on school projects and charity.